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Parade, directing project
  • There will be a feature interview with Matt in Sunday's Parade magazine. Some online excerpts, with photos by Sam Jones:

    On the movie he wrote with John Krasinski that he plans to direct.
    "It's about a salesman who goes to a small town and is changed by [the experience]. It's been really fun writing with John. It reminds me of writing with Ben [Affleck]. What worked about writing as partners was that it's like ping pong. Nobody arrives with a complete idea. You arrive with the germ of an idea, and that gives the other guy an idea, which gives you an idea, which gives the other guy an idea. So where it gets really exciting is when these ideas come up between the two of you and you can't even figure out what the genesis was. What it requires is a partner who has similar taste and a similar sense of humor.

    "I met John through Emily [Blunt, Krasinski's wife], because we did The Adjustment Bureau together. We really hit it off, and I started hanging out with John. This project came up out of that. It was something he was working on, and he had given it to Dave Eggers [Krasinski starred in Away We Go, co-scripted by Eggers], and Dave said, 'Ah, that's cool. Let me take it and run with it.' So he did, and then brought it back to John, and John showed me. Dave was like, 'Take it,' so [John and I] started writing on weekends, while I was doing We Bought a Zoo. I went into it without any real expectations. I liked spending time with John. But it took on a life of its own and got really exciting."

    On the karaoke date that was tweeted furiously.
    "I never try to micromanage my image, because I just don't think you can do it. It's funny, Lucy [Damon's wife, Luciana] and I went out the other night for John Krasinski's birthday. We had dinner and then went out to a bar and ended up at a karaoke place. We sang everything; we hadn't been out like that in a long time. And Lucy told me the next day, 'Our whole night was tweeted by people.'"

  • Matt broke news about a new cast member for his directing project and Elysium in an interview at the Inquirer:

    Matt’s head was shaved for “Elysium,” a sci-fi directed by Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”) set for release in 2013. “I just finished filming in Mexico City,” said the actor. “I have high hopes for that movie. It’s going to be great. Neill is a brilliant director.”

    “Elysium” takes place in the future, but Matt clarified that “there aren’t any aliens in it. It’s about what happened to Planet Earth. There’s a dynamic involving Taurus, an orbital habitat called Elysium that is hovering over Earth. That’s probably all I can say about it.”

    Matt hopes to make his feature directorial debut next year. It will star him, John Krasinski and Frances McDormand. “It’s just a small movie about a salesman who goes to a small town,” he said. “It’s about how that town changes him and how he changes the town a little bit, too. I was joking that it’s going to be done for the catering budget of ‘Elysium.’"

  • A video made by Matt for the International Senior Lawyers Project luncheon is at YouTube. The video was filmed on the set of Elysium in Mexico City - some stills below.

  • More from Jeremy Renner about Bourne at Shortlist:

    Renner: But they keep Jason Bourne alive, so who knows where they’ll actually go with it. This one still has to be successful, but maybe eventually Matt Damon and I could do one together. That would be kick-ass. I love Matt.

  • It is Matt and Lucy's sixth wedding anniversary today.
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 9th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy Anniversary to Matt & Lucy!

    "Gathering Stories" by Jónsi from "We bought a zoo" OST,is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard lately.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 10th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    The other song by Jonsi on the soundtrack is lovely too.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: December 9th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt shot something for SNL today for this weekends show.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 9th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The skit is with Katy Perry, Val Kilmer and Andy Samberg. Lucy apparently showed up on set.


    whiticismsWhitney Young
    Matt Damon gives wife a smooch on set. Pics to come!

    There are more preview screenings of We Bought A Zoo this Saturday.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 10th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: SNL photos

    A bit intrusive but I love the Lucy & Matt pic. She seems to be the only one who caught it.

    I saw a tweet that Matt & scarjo are doing access Hollywood tomorrow so it seems hell be doing more press over weekend.

    Btw thank you for referring me to icerocket.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 10th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo cookies, young Matt

    The junket continues...

    Some Zoo cookies via Fox publicist at the junket:

    Matt and actress Meredith Salenger circa 1994:

    Matt signing for fans and Radioman after Letterman in the rain:

    Edited at 2011-12-10 03:54 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 10th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Anderson Cooper talk show

    It appears they are doing Anderson Monday.

    Robyn Ondrejka
    totally going to see Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon live at the @andersoncooper show on monday with @Pandashimoto!
    6:55pm - 9 Dec 11 via web

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 10th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Anderson Cooper talk show

    Not sure when it will air though - it's not yet on Anderson's schedule (shows listed up to 15 December).


    Details about the new Zoo preview screenings:
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